Dementia strategy launched

Date: 01 December 2016

Time: 11:00

An ambitious strategy has been launched by the ambulance service to improve the care and experience for people with dementia, as it pledges to become a dementia-friendly organisation

The strategy, which was launched at the latest Trust Board meeting in public yesterday (Wednesday 30th November), aims to develop a skilled and effective workforce able to champion compassionate person-centred care and recognise the early signs of dementia. it was developed by one of the service's area clinical leads Duncan Moore, with support from the Alzheimer's Society.

It’s been implemented to support the  Government’s National Dementia Strategy to ensure all people living with dementia and their carers should live well with dementia. Dementia is incurable  and symptoms can include severe memory loss, mood and personality changes and behaviour that challenges others such as serious confusion, agitation and aggression.

The work over three years will be done in partnership with charities and health and social care statutory dementia care providers, as well as clinical commissioning groups and voluntary organisations.

Duncan said the collaborations will aid and support the work and contribute to improving the health and outcomes of those with dementia, and their carers: “Dementia is one of the greatest challenges facing our ageing society – there are more than 82,500 people in the East of England living with a diagnosis of dementia.

“Our patient transport services routinely work with people living with dementia, and of course we have to make emergency responses in the community to affected families and individuals so in our capacity as an ambulance service and seeing people living with dementia every single day we needed to put it at the centre of our work. It’s the right thing for us to put a massive emphasis on developing our organisation to become dementia-friendly.”

The strategy can be found here.

For more information on living with dementia, visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/ or https://www.dementiauk.org/

  • Summary:

    An ambitious strategy has been launched by the ambulance service to improve the care and experience for people with dementia.